When we obey the social conventions and rules, we come across as a safe and predictable and people will be happy to talk to us.

In this video we explore a simple, socially acceptable way to say “hello” to a stranger, and see if they are happy to talk with you, or not.

Key points covered:

  • When we observe the social conventions and rules, we come across as safe and predictable and people will be happy to talk to us.
  • When we do something completely outside the box, it sends a message to the other person that we are behaving in a way that is unexpected and they won’t know if we are safe or if they want to interact with us. It makes the other person really unsure.
  • Saying “hello” is almost always socially appropriate.

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Meet the presenter:
Hi, my name is Paul Micallef. I discovered I was on the autism spectrum at 30 and since my diagnosis, I have worked with countless autistic adults and children, as well as teaching parents, teachers, and students about autism.

I run a YouTube channel called ‘Aspergers from the Inside’ and a website called ‘Autism Explained’.

I am also an ex-aerospace engineer with a passion for teaching and Emotional Intelligence.

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